A brow lift, also referred to as a “forehead lift” or “eyebrow lift,” improves lines and wrinkles as well as other signs of aging in the forehead and brow region. A brow lift reduces “frown lines” between the eyes and repositions a sagging brow to a more alert position. Ideal candidates for this procedure are physically healthy, do not smoke, and have specific yet realistic expectations for the outcome.
Either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia will be administered to make you more comfortable during forehead lift surgery. A few techniques are available that offer varying recovery times, depending on how invasive of a procedure is needed to achieve your desired results.
Also known as a “coronal brow lift,” traditional brow lift surgery is most suitable for those with deep wrinkles across the forehead and extreme sagging in the brow area. The incision is made within the hairline from ear to ear. This gives the surgeon full access to the underlying facial muscles and tissue to correct the sources of wrinkles. Once the tissue is adjusted, the skin is then redraped over the new facial structure, and any excess skin is removed. Recovery time is longer with this technique, but the results are more dramatic.
An endoscopic brow lift is performed using an endoscope, a surgical video device that allows the surgeon to view the surgery through very small incisions made within the hairline. Tissues and muscles can be repositioned or removed to correct forehead wrinkles.The endoscope is sometimes used in a temporal or lateral brow lift, which lifts the outer third of the eyebrows only and corrects the wrinkles around the eyes commonly referred to as “crow’s feet.”
For minor wrinkles and drooping brows, a mini brow lift can be performed utilizing a small incision behind the frontal hairline. For those who have high foreheads or receding hairlines, the incision can be made directly on the hairline to somewhat minimize the forehead. Tissues and underlying muscles are then adjusted, and the skin is draped over the new facial structure.
After surgery, your head may be wrapped to reduce swelling and bruising. You will receive special instructions regarding care for your bandages and surgical drains, and your doctor will prescribe pain medication. Recovery time depends on the type of brow lift procedure you undergo. Many patients look and feel well enough to go out in public within a few weeks after surgery. Gravity and the aging process will continue, but results with brow lift surgery are long lasting. Deep forehead wrinkles and fine lines should become less apparent as time passes. A traditional forehead lift will reap the longest-lasting results.
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks involved with brow lift surgery. These include:
Dr. Thompson can help you decide if a one of these procedures is right for you during a consultation. If you are considering a brow lift, ear surgery, or other cosmetic procedure in the Colts Neck, New Jersey area, call 732-410-4789 or fill out our contact form today.